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Barcelona is one of the most attractive cities in Europe and the World. Its wonderful weather and privileged location by the sea, the numerous architecture styles (modernist, gothic, medieval, romanesque, roman) and its beautiful surroundings, a very active civil society, the many international events and exhibitions, and the never-ending cultural proposals, attract visitors from all over the world.

The Summer Colloquium will be held at the Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM), the largest Spanish centre for the study of Marine Sciences. ICM has a permanent staff of more than 60 researchers, with well-recognized scientists on the fields of Biological, Chemical and Physical Oceanography. It is located near downtown Barcelona, right by the beach and besides a city harbour. It has excellent field, laboratory and classroom facilities to hold the Ramon Margalef Summer Colloquia. Additionally, there are several nearby student residences which are available for the summer university-vacation period, where the participants of the colloquium will be able to lodge.


ICM is located in Barcelona’s Barceloneta District between the Hospital del Mar and the Olympic Towers. To reach ICM, you can use:

  • Bus: lines D20, V21, V27, 36, 45, and 59 have a bus stop a few meters from the ICM.
  • Underground (Metro): The L4 line (yellow line) has a station (Ciutadella-Vila Olímpica) 300 metres from the ICM.

If you come from outside Barcelona arriving by:

  • Car: Use the Ronda del Litoral. Towards Bessós (north) take exit 21. Towards Llobregat (south) take exit 22.
  • Train (RENFE): Get off at one of these stations: Sants Estació, Clot, Passeig de Gràcia. And take the underground L4 line (yellow line) to Ciutadella-Vila Olímpica station.
  • Train (Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat, FGCC): Get off at Plaça Catalunya station, and take the 59 bus or the underground.
  • Airplane: Directly from the Airport (El Prat) may take train, bus or taxi.